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Become a Udemy Instructor – 10 Steps

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Udemy Instructor

If you’re looking to become a Udemy Instructor then you’re in luck as anyone can teach on Udemy. You can also become a premium instructor and charge your students. The application is quick, simple and free usually approved within 2 days. Below are 10 simple steps for becoming a successful udemy instructor.

1. Choose and validate a topic

Chances are if you are reading this, that you already have one or more topics in mind to launch your Udemy instructor career.  There’s a lot of advice out there about how to choose your first Udemy course topic.  For instance, in this article we previously wrote, “Top Tools for Validating Your Online Course Ideas”   we explain why you should validate your Udemy course idea and provide several suggestions for how to go about it.  We suggest a quick read.

10 Online Presentation Tips for Creating a Great Udemy Course

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Online presentation skills do not come naturally to every aspiring Udemy instructor.  Yet your presentation skills can dramatically impact the quality and learning outcomes of your online course.  Think about it, how many times have you sat in a room listening to a presenter and found your mind wondering and yourself waiting for the talk to be over?  How many bad YouTube videos have you skipped over looking for something better and more fun to watch? You don’t want your students to start feeling the same way halfway through one of your lessons or your course!

We do live in the age of YouTube, live streaming and instant gratification. So, if your online presentation skills – and we mean both video and PowerPoint skills – are not in ship shape, you could lose student interest. They won’t finish your course or will leave poor reviews and you’ll be leaving money on the table.   

Udemy Competitors – Avoid Them With Niche Topics

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In a previous post in which we discussed options for researching online course ideas, one recommendation we made was to find niche topics that are not yet highly competitive, and/or pick an increasingly popular and growing niche topic for which you could carve out a place that is differentiated from other competitors. 

This week we are bringing you some examples of niche course topics we found that have few Udemy competitors, but which include courses with “Hot and New” badges – demonstrating there is some level of demand for the niche. We’ll look at whether or not these topics are viable as a niche strategy and why, and discuss why courses in them might or might not be successful.

The 10 Most Popular Udemy Courses (This Week)

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Top 10 Udemy Courses This Week
Top 10 Udemy Courses This Week

Learn from top Udemy Instructors’ Success

Did you know that just in this past week there were over 1.1 million new student enrollments on Udemy and over 475 new Udemy courses launched?  With such large numbers, how can you know which Udemy courses are the most popular and why?

This week, we are highlighting the most popular Udemy’s courses right now, as calculated by our TeachinGuide app.  Knowing what the most popular Udemy courses are and examining why they are popular can provide valuable information that you as an instructor can use to promote and improve your own course standings.  This informatio is also useful for Udemy affiliates who are promoting the “most popular Udemy courses” to their readers.

Make Your Own Video Studio for Online Courses

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A Quick List to Get Going

To make your own videos for Udemy courses, it’s worth putting in a little time and investment upfront to get a great and consistent quality set up to produce your courses.  The choice of equipment can be overwhelming, so here is a brief checklist that you can follow to get going on making your own online course videos. 

5 eLearning Best Practices

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eLearning
eLearning

eLearning vs. Udemy

A generic definition of “eLearning” would be “any learning that happens via electronic media”. In this sense, Udemy courses fall under the umbrella of eLearning.  Udemy i a MOOC  (massive open online course) platform that has its own LMS (Learning Management System) that allows course creators to create and sell a course.

However, eLearning is an industry that goes well beyond the Udemy platform. eLearning has come to mean something slightly different than what Udemy courses offer.  Nowadays, the term “eLearning” and the “eLearning industry” generally refers to what we think of as “corporate training”, or, “online education” in a school setting, such as K-12 programs. 

Udemy Reviews – A Checklist for Getting Them

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The Importance of Udemy Reviews – a quick reminder

Udemy courses with more reviews rank higher in the Udemy search results and are more likely to be promoted by Udemy.  Udemy is becoming increasingly focused on reviews due to the sheer volume of courses and students on the platform.

Potential students look at Udemy course reviews to help inform their purchase decision.  In general, courses with few or no reviews rank much lower and will attract little or no additional students.

Teachable vs. Thinkific – a Quick(er) Comparison

The debate about Teachable vs. Thinkific , arguably the top two online learning platforms, is an ever evolving one. All kinds of opinions from experienced instructors who have used both platforms can be found online in lengthy, in-depth analyses and comparisons of Teachable vs. Thinkific features.

If you are a Udemy instructor who is experiencing some success, or who has ambitious online teaching goals, you will no doubt come to a point where you will want to start looking at Teachable and Thinkific more closely to see what your post-Udemy move might be.

Online Learning Platforms – 5 Marketplace Comparisons

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The Range of Online Learning Platforms

Online learning platform solutions can be a confusing market space to navigate as an online course instructor.   Online course platforms range from “marketplaces” such as Udemy, where anyone can create and sell an online course of virtually any quality, to Coursera which partners only with educational institutions, to Thinkific and other LMS platforms that allow instructors to create a proprietary online course platform and market their online classes.

If you want to create and sell online courses in a so-called “marketplace” like Udemy, which makes selling online courses relatively easy, you may wonder what alternatives to Udemy exist.  Given the brand recognition and market share Udemy boasts, it may be hard to figure out what other online course marketplaces exist and how they are different.  

Udemy Review – Is Udemy Worth It?

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A Udemy Review for Instructors

Is Udemy legit?  Is Udemy worth It?  Is Udemy a scam? 

Udemy reviews often attempt to answer these kinds of questions.   Whether you are contemplating becoming a Udemy instructor or you already have courses on Udemy, such questions could make you wonder if you have made a good choice with Udemy as way to spend your time and earn income.

You should have a good idea of how Udemy is viewed from both a consumer and instructor perspective and what are the pro’s and con’s of selling courses on Udemy. This can help you be more strategic in your decisions and manage your expectations as a Udemy instructor.  

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